Measures: 180 x 90 cm
Technique: Oil on canvas
Depository: Privately owned, New York
The name dancer originates from Erich Lederer. We do not know who the lady in the painting is. There are speculations that it is Ria Munk, the daughter of Alexander and Aranka Munch (born Pulitzer) who commisioned a posthum portrait of their daughter Maria, who commited suicide after her lover left her. We know that the Munks didn’t like the first portrait and they ordered another portrait. But would Klimt have depicted a portrait of a dead young woman with bare breasts? More likely ist he assumption that it is the portrait of the younger daughter Lola.